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Anguis Fragilis

I didn’t hear it either.
An electric strimmer’s got a lot going for it – as opposed to my petrol driven one, with its noise, vibrations and fumes.But that very silence can be a killer too.
My eye was caught by a flash of metallic sheen. There amongst the grass trimmings along the edge of the road was a beautiful torque.I bent down and picked up the silky smooth, still warm circlet which I could wrap round my wrist.I stood for a moment, wondering whether to show this discovered treasure to the strimmer up on his bank, but he was focused on his work, and what would have been achieved?
Instead I called out good morning to him – which it was, the slow worm no doubt also enjoying the unexpected warmth of the sun a few minutes ago – and slipped the compliant creature into my pocket.When I got home, I laid it out on the table, admiring the different colours of its two sides, the ease with which it could make different shapes – letters and numbers – and the attractive face with its quiet hal…